By Rosemary Hanrahan
The healing power of being present.
“Give me five dollars, Blan.” A young Haitian woman, unknown to me, asked in perfect English and extended her hand.
I had received many such requests during my five months living in the mountainous rural community of Fondwa in Haiti as I made my daily journey up the mountain to teach [...]
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By Rosemary Hanrahan
By Anne Sigmon
A weight of awe, not easy to be borne,
Fell suddenly upon my spirit
—From “The Monument” by William Wordsworth
At nearly one in the morning, the night was black around me—not even a sliver of moon to hang onto. Standing on the damp, foggy grounds of my English manor house hotel, I felt adrift, like [...]
By Carol Smith
There are limits to our knowing in the vast atomic wilderness.
The road to the Mozumi mine winds up along the Takahari River in the Japanese Alps, a four-hour train ride north of Tokyo up the coast that faces Russia. A blue heron swoops off the riverbank and a hawk floats above us as [...]
By Laura Lee Huttenbach
An unprepared trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro turns into an adventure of a lifetime.
“If you ever make it home from Africa alive, I’m going to kill you myself,” said my mom. She wasn’t happy with my decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without an oxygen supply.
“But Mom,” I said, “it was [...]
by Kristin Zibell
A newly divorced women transitions from one life to another in Varanasi, India.
Our boat dropped anchor in the middle of the Ganges, and a slight breeze brought relief from the October heat. Two men interrupted the live, languid sitar music by scurrying like beetles around our wide-hulled rowboat, setting out 40 leaf plates [...]
by Erin Byrne
The Healing Heights of Machu Picchu is the story of how, on a trip to Peru, I emulated Pablo Neruda’s style of travel which his poem reveals, and received a promise in return.
Then up the ladder of the earth I climbed
through the barbed jungle’s thickets
until I reached you, Macchu Picchu.
- Pablo Neruda, The [...]
by Catherine Watson
To the end of his days, my father insisted that my travels were nothing more than “escapism.” Whenever I said I was going somewhere alone, he accused me of running away, of being “avoidant.” It didn’t matter whether it was Europe or the movies.
“What is wrong with you?” he once snarled at me [...]
by Eliot Stein
“Lake Como touches the limit of the permissibly picturesque; but Atitlán is Como with the additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It is really too much of a good thing.”
Aldus Huxley, Beyond the Mexique Bay, 1934
Where do we come from?
Huxley may not have realized it at the time, but when he traded in [...]
by Kevin McCaughey
I brought my ukulele on our Caribbean cruise. Every afternoon my mother and I sang old standards in the cabin, while my father reclined on his bed, reading Robert Ludlum and wagging the book to the beat when we got to a rousing number like “Five-Foot Two.”
It was December of 2002, and my [...]
by Gaye Brown
I wasn’t sure what my children expected when I booked our Homeland Tour to South Korea. More self aware than many teens their age, they were adolescents nonetheless. Which is to say, given to opacity. My daughter, a priestess of Asian pop from manga and animé to gaming and “J-rock” claimed she was [...]